My first contribution to Splashdown Books’ ongoing collaborative microfiction project, Avenir Eclectia, is online today.
Smith and Kate look after a small community of children living on the margins of society in the lower levels of the Avenir station. Smith gets an offer from an old friend:
“Why’re you still playing nursemaid to this pack of sewer rats when you could be second in my gang and live like a king?”
A toddler circumvented the line and went straight to Kate, bowl outstretched. She administered a mock scolding, then filled his bowl anyway.
Smith chuckled and pointed at the child. “I like them. Better than I like you.”
Read the whole story at http://www.avenireclectia.com/2011/04/dodger.html .
For a little more background on Smith and his community, check out related episodes from Grace Bridges and Kat Heckenbach: